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Breaking news: Grand Rapids still makes things!

By all accounts, Grand Rapids and Buffalo, New York seem almost like twins: our populations, geographies, industrial histories, and even current major employers are almost identical. So why is Grand Rapids doing so much better economically?

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The future of GR's southside: What will a land sale mean for Urban Roots and affordable housing?

The sale of the land where Urban Roots has been making its home on the city's southside is prompting concerns about the future of the farm that has been welcomed with open arms by neighbors, as well as fears of future development and displacement. For others, however, including the landowner, Linc Up, the sale is about ensuring there is affordable housing in the Madison Square area.

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Opening our arms: Embracing refugees makes Grand Rapids a stronger city

West Michigan is home to some 25,000 refugees. Susan Kragt, the Executive Director of the West Michigan Refugee Education and Cultural Center, explains why we must do a better job about seeking these voices out as we discuss the development of our economy, our schools, and our neighborhoods. When we do, Grand Rapids will become an even better place to live.

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With Madison Avenue farm, Urban Roots plants the seeds for change & justice in Grand Rapids

For Urban Roots, farming in Grand Rapids is not just about growing vegetables. It's about breaking down barriers and building community.

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How affordable artist housing can help cultural communities 'celebrate themselves'

Artspace enjoys a long history of working with culturally distinct groups in the development of affordable artist live/work housing and community spaces. From El Barrio in New York to Honolulu, Hawaii, these projects allow artists to celebrate themselves.
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